The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    EEG biofeedback in treating epilepsy

    epilepsyResearchers at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas reviewed the evidence on neurofeedback and epilepsy.

    First, the details.

    • 10 studies provided enough outcome information to permit including the results in a meta-analysis.
    • Each study included patients whose seizures were not controlled by medical therapies.

    And, the results.

    • All studies reported an overall average decrease in seizure incidence following treatment.
    • 64 out of 87 patients (74%) reported fewer weekly seizures in response to EEG biofeedback.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “EEG operant conditioning was found to produce a significant reduction on seizure frequency.”

    The results are noteworthy given the patients studied were unable to control their seizures with medical treatment.

    10/3/09 19:49 JR

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